Mr. President and Fellow Members:
The answer obviously must be: In such a manner as to achieve the results for which examining and licensing boards were instituted. What this constitutes, an apparently irrelevant and somewhat elaborate review of the causes operative in determining, not only the establishment of examining boards, but the type of examination they are respectively required by the various acts of assembly to conduct, is necessary for a correct solution.Addressing ourselves to the consideration of the many-sided question the title presents, it must be constantly borne in mind that examining and licensing boards, by directly and legally controlling licensure, indirectly standardize medical education. They thereby serve an important function for the greatest good of the profession, and discharge the highest responsibility to the welfare of fellow man. That the answer is, therefore, comprehensive and complex, and appeals to the best judgment at our command, is evident.
BEATES H. HOW MAY THE TOPICS IN EXAMINATION FOR LICENSE BE BEST ARRANGED BY EXAMINING BOARDS? JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(7):347–351. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480330001001
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